Breytenbach might challenge NPA

Glynnis Breytenbach will decide if she will be taking legal action against the NPA.


JOHANNESBURG - Glynnis Breytenbach will on Wednesday decide whether to legally challenge her suspension from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Breytenbach was suspended on Monday.

She was the head of the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) in Pretoria.

She subsequently revealed that she survived being shot at, followed and nearly forced off the road in the weeks leading up to her suspension.

Officially, her suspension was related to a high-profile mining-rights case but it was widely speculated that her determination to have controversial crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli prosecuted, cost her job.

The NPA's Mthunzi Mhaga said Breytenbach remained an employee and her safety was top priority.

"We'll have to follow up, find out what happened and see if she needs assistance."

Breytenbach spoke to the Hawks about the incidents, but a formal case was not opened.

The police's McIntosh Polela said this made it difficult to investigate.

"She just informed them and no formal case was opened," said Polela.

"In the absence of a formal case I'm not sure how much further we can take this matter."

The prosecutor is expected to have her disciplinary hearing within the next few weeks.